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Recent Event

The Enduring Copyright Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. eastern time

An Online Event


Dr. Carla Hayden

Librarian of Congress

Shira Perlmutter

Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office


Jane Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia Law School

Paul Goldstein, Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick professor of Law at Stanford Law School

Julie Cohen and Betsy West, codirectors and coproducers of the documentary film RBG

Derrick Wang, composer and librettist of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg


On, February 17, 2021, the U.S Copyright Office celebrated the enduring copyright legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Part of the Copyright Office Presents series, the event highlighted the Supreme Court Justice’s unique and lasting influence on copyright, from her notable opinions impacting copyright law and policy to the inspiration she’s given creators of copyright-protected works, including movies, books, operas, and more.

Copyright Office Presents

Copyright Office Presents is a community forum of the U.S. Copyright Office that discusses the practical implications of copyright law in the 21st century, provides education and training to the staff of the U.S. Copyright Office, and offers programming for the public. A wide range of invited speakers - including Congressional leaders, authors and performers, company representatives, legal scholars, and Copyright Office staff - have delivered presentations on issues of topical importance since the series started in 2011. Lectures and events take place at the historic Library of Congress and include discussions on issues such as authorship, copyright registration, marketplace developments, fair use, international norm setting, copyright enforcement, and other issues related to copyright law in the digital age.

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